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Version 7.2 of Red Hat Linux for the Itanium processor uses the 2.4.9 Linux kernel and incorporates the same feature set as the general use version released in October last year.
The company released an Itanium-compatible version of Red Hat 7.1 in May and released Linux 7.1 for IBM's S/390 mainframe computers in December. Red Hat plans to release an advanced server version of Red Hat Linux 7.2 for data centre use within the next few weeks, likely timed to coincide with the LinuxWorld annual convention at the end of January.
The Linux kernel used by Red Hat for the Itanium release is intended for use with computers with more than one processor, such as high-end servers. Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM last year said they would ship Itanium-based servers.
Linux 2.4 also includes Ext3 journalling, which helps log and monitor changes to a file, and a logical volume manager to better manage large file systems such as those used in large corporate database applications.
The company said the new version comes with improved USB support, the GNOME 1.4 and KDE 2.2 desktop environments, a Nautilus file manager from Eazel and a Mozilla Web browser. It also comes bundled with Sun Microsystems StarOffice 5.2 office applications, and compilers for C, C++, Java, Python, Perl, and PHP interpreters.
Red Hat Linux 7.2 for Itanium is priced at $499 (£346) and is immediately available worldwide.